|This article is about a/an series entry (the 11th) in the Power Rangers franchise.|
|Number of episodes:||38|
|First episode:||Prelude to a Storm|
|Last episode:||Storm Before the Calm, Part 2|
|Intro:||Ninja Storm Intro|
|Adapted from:||Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger|
|Original airing:||February 15, 2003 - November 15, 2003|
Power Rangers: Ninja Storm (often abbreviated as "PRNS") was the eleventh incarnation of the Power Rangers TV series, based on the Super Sentai series Ninpū Sentai Hurricanger (English: Covert Wind Squadron Hurricanger)
In late 2002, Disney began working on its first full Power Ranger season. Production was moved to New Zealand to cut costs and was made non-union, which resulted in much of the crew (including long-time producer Jonathan Tzachor) to be let go. Ninja Storm was based on the Super Sentai series Ninpū Sentai Hurricanger. A subsidiary of Disney named Buena Vista Entertainment managed the Power Rangers property after Disney took over, and MMPR Productions was dissolved. Doug Sloan, the production manager from the show's inception until the midway mark of Turbo, and Ann Austen (another past production team member) returned to Power Rangers for the first time in years as the head of the show for Disney. A few past writers were also brought back into the fold. Jackie Marchand returned to be the story editor. Koichi Sakamotto (the leader of Alpha Stunts team and producer) remained on the show. Ninja Storm brought a lot of lightheartedness to Power Rangers. This was met with mixed reception from fans. Nevertheless, Ninjas Storm aired on ABC and ABC Family like Wild Force before it. Due to union and cost issues, Ninja Storm was the first season to not feature a teamup with the previous year's team since the trend began in Lost Galaxy. Due to the new ownership and its lighthearted story, the series brought new interest to the franchise as ratings and toy sales went up.
Doug Sloan would interact heavily with fans at this point, posting on Rangerboard and the Newsgroup. Sally Martin and Jason Chan (Tori and Cam on Ninja Storm) would also make appearances at Rangerboard. Doug would interact with fans for the rest of his run until the end of Dino Thunder.
An early episode in Ninja Storm's run was cut by the censors. It was later reedited and shown out of production order. Originally it dealt with a peace conference to avoid a war. This was changed to an environmental conference. The episode was, "Snip It, Snip It Good."
A skateboarder (Shane Clarke), a surfer (Tori Hanson) and a dirtbiker (Dustin Brooks), are students of the Wind Ninja Academy, under the tutelage of Sensei Kanoi Watanabe and his son Cam. Although it seems as if they will never be good enough to be full-fledged ninja, they are the only three left when the evil ninja master, Lothor arrives on Earth and captures all the other students. Their sensei, who was transformed into a guinea pig by Lothor, decided that they would become Wind Power Rangers and gave them Wind Morphers to allow them to transform. As the Wind Rangers, they fought to save the world from Lothor and his space minions, using Zords created by Cam for emergencies.
Over time, they were joined by the Thunder Rangers, Hunter and Blake, as well as Cam, who gained Green Samurai powers in a trip to the past.
The show marked a turning point for the franchise with a willingness to make fun of itself and its history (a theme that would return in "Dino Thunder".) Of special note is that Lothor, instead of the standard melodramatic evil emperor, had a sense of humor and often got lines that sent up the show. After making a monster grow, he seems to turn to the camera and say "What'd you expect? It wasn't going to get smaller." In the final episode, when piloting a robot against the Zords, he yells "This is the most fun I've had all season!"
Eventually, the Rangers managed to defeat all of Lothor's minions, unwittingly overloading the Abyss of Evil (to which they were all sent upon their demise). The Wind Rangers were able to stop evil from spreading across the Earth, and sealed Lothor away in the Abyss of Evil...along with their own powers.
Now powerless, Shane, Tori and Dustin became teachers at the rebuilt Wind Ninja Academy, aided by Cam and a newly human Sensei. Hunter took a job as the head teacher at the Thunder Ninja Academy while his brother Blake continued his racing career. And they lived happily ever after...
...that is until the following year, when the Ninja Storm Rangers appeared in two episodes of Power Rangers: Dino Thunder, entitled Thunder Storm (parts 1 and 2).
The former Rangers are shown settled into their new careers. Blake goes to Reefside (the location of the Dino Thunder series) to compete in a motocross tournament, and meets Conner, Ethan and Kira when he's there. They go to watch him compete, but are perplexed when he is suddenly called away after the race.
Meanwhile, Lothor claws his way out of the Abyss of Evil. He forms an alliance with Mesogog and, posing as Sensei Watanabe, brainwashes Shane, Tori and Dustin with evil power discs. They recapture the students of the Wind Ninja Academy, and beat back the three primary Dino Thunder Rangers.
Hunter, Blake and Cam enter the Abyss of Evil, and fight off Zurgane to rescue their lost powers. As the Wind Ninja and Dino Thunder Rangers duel unmorphed, Hunter, Blake and Cam appear and cure the Wind Rangers of their mind control by using the true Wind power discs. The two teams of Rangers - including Trent Mercer and Tommy Oliver - meet with Mesogog and Lothor's combined force, obliterating it and causing Elsa to flee.
Mesogog and Lothor duel for supremacy. They seem to be evenly matched until Mesogog uses his mind powers to shrink Lothor to the size of an action figure - "Very collectible" - and traps him a jar.
At the end, it is discovered that when the Ninja Storm Rangers' Powers were extracted from the Abyss of Evil, they only had enough energy for one last battle so they return to their normal lives, leaving the Dino Thunder Rangers to protect the world. Both teams watch Blake win the Motocross Tournament.
- Main article:Ninja Rangers
- Main article:Wind Rangers
- Main Article:Thunder Rangers
|Crimson Thunder||Hunter Bradley|
|Navy Thunder||Blake Bradley|
|Green Samurai||Cameron Watanabe|
- Sensei Kanoi Watanabe - the sensei of the Wind Ninja Academy, turned into a guinea pig by Lothor (played and voiced by Grant McFarland)
- Miko Watanabe - Cam's Mom
- Cyber Cam- a holographic, more outgoing version of Cam who takes control of Ninja Ops' control center when the real Cam becomes a Ranger
- Dino Thunder Power Rangers
- Lothor - the evil general who was once Kiya Watanabe, the brother of Sensei Watanabe
- Marah and Kapri - Lothor's nieces
- Zurgane - the main general of Lothor's army.
- Choobo - the lieutenant, promoted general.
- Vexacus - a renegade bounty hunter.
- Motodrone - Once fused with a human named Perry, Motodrone was rebuilt and reprogrammed under Lothor's command.
- Shimazu - the incarnation of a Japanese legend.
- Beevil - Marah's old friend and temporary replacement. Beevil created the Kelzak Furies.
- Kelzaks - the footsoldiers.
- Kelzak Furies - and upgraded variation of the Kelzaks.
Evil Ninja Rangers
|Crimson Thunder||Hunter Bradley|
|Navy Thunder||Blake Bradley|
- Wind Morpher - Morphers of the Wind Rangers, powered by Ninja discs.
- Thunder Morpher - Morphers of the Thunder Rangers.
- Samurai Amulet - Morpher of the Green Samurai Ranger, originally the Samurai Amulet.
- Battlizer Morpher (Lightning Morpher) - Device that allows the Red Ranger access to the Battlizer Armor, a power granted to him by the Karmanion Skyla.
Lightning Morpher was name given to the toy released by Bandai in the US, however this name was not used on screen.
- Ninja Sword/Laser Blaster - Standard Ranger weapon, sword becomes blaster by combining with sheathe.
- Thunderstorm Cannon
- Thunder Staff - Standard Thunder weapons, can serve also as shield (Thunder Shield) and fire laser shurikens (Tornado Star).
- Thunder Blade - Personal weapon of the Navy Thunder Ranger.
- Samurai Saber - Sword of the Green Ranger, can be used to amplify his voice.
- Lightning Riff Blaster - Guitar weapon that summons the Mighty Mammoth Zord. Originally used by the Green Samurai Ranger, but later on used by other Rangers.
- Ninja Gliders - Aerial transports for the 3 Wind Rangers; summoned by pressing their belt buckles.
- Tsunami Cycles - Motorcycles used by the Wind and Thunder Rangers.
- Mobile Command Center - 18-Wheeled truck that carries the Tsunami Cycles.
- Ninja Glider Cycle - Personal transport of the Crimson Thunder Ranger (appears to combine the Tsunami Cycle and Ninja Glider).
- Dragon Force Vehicle - Transport used by the Green Ranger; can be serpentine or compact.
- Storm Ninjazords (not to be confused with the Ninjazords in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
- Storm Megazord (combination of Ninjazords)
- Thunder Ninjazords (not to be confused with the Thunderzords in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
- Thunder Megazord (combination of Thunderzords)
- Thunderstorm Megazord (combination of the Storm Megazord & Thunder Megazord)
- Samurai Star Chopper/Samurai Star Megazord (Cam/Green)
- Hurricane Megazord (combination of the Storm Megazord, Thunder Megazord & Samurai Star Megazord)
- Samurai Star Megazord Drones (clones of the Samurai Star Megazord)
- Power Spheres
- Evil Zords
- Prelude to a Storm
- There's No “I” In Team
- Beauty and the Beach
- Looming Thunder
- Thunder Strangers, Part I
- Thunder Strangers, Part II
- Thunder Strangers, Part III
- Nowhere to Grow
- Snip It, Snip It Good
- Return of Thunder, Part I
- Return of Thunder, Part II
- Return of Thunder, Part III
- Return of Thunder, Part IV
- Boxing Bopp-a-Roo
- Pork Chopped
- The Samurai's Journey, Part I
- The Samurai's Journey, Part II
- The Samurai's Journey, Part III
- Scent of a Ranger
- I Love Lothor
- Good Will Hunter
- All About Beevil
- Sensei Switcheroo
- Tongue and Cheek
- Brothers In Arms
- Shane's Karma, Part I
- Shane's Karma, Part II
- Shimazu Returns, Part I
- Shimazu Returns, Part II
- The Wild Wipeout
- Double-Edged Blake
- Eye of the Storm
- General Deception, Part I
- 'General Deception, Part II
- A Gem of a Day
- Down and Dirty
- Storm Before the Calm, Part I
- Storm Before the Calm, Part II
Reception and Ratings
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